Doctor Who’s “Exploding Tardis” By Vincent Van Gogh – Fact Or Fiction?

When you check on the Internet, many people ask questions about Exploding Tardis and whether or not it is an original Vincent Van Gogh painting. Many people seem to think that Vincent Van Gogh painted this painting.

The Exploding Tardis by Vincent Van Gogh is a fictional painting produced for the British television series Doctor Who. The painting is roughly based on Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night painting, but Van Gogh did not paint the Exploding Tardis painting. The Doctor Who series and the Exploding Tardis painting are fictional.

Vincent Van Gogh Did Not Paint The ”Exploding Tardis”

The Exploding Tardis By Vincent Van Gogh

Contrary to popular cultural belief, Vincent Van Gogh did not paint the Exploding Tardis painting in the Doctor Who series. The Exploding Tardis painting is also known as the Blue Box Exploding.

The Exploding Tardis was never an actual Van Gogh painting but instead is from the British TV series, Doctor Who.

In the Doctor Who series Doctor Who and his companion Amy Pond traveled through space and time in a time machine called the Tardis, hence the name Exploding Tardis. They were to travel back in time in the Tardis (that looks like a British Telephone box) to meet Vincent Van Gogh.

In Doctor Who Season 5, Doctor Who wanted to discover the Church of Auvers. The Church of Auvers is a painting Van Gogh painted in 1890 (The Church of Auvers painting now hangs in the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, France).

In the TV series, Vincent Van Gogh had visions of Doctor Who’s Tardis exploding; Vincent Van Gogh supposedly painted the Exploding Tardis painting.

The creators of the Doctor Who show said they picked going back in time to visit Vincent Van Gogh as he was one artist who never knew he would be famous or even be remembered for his artwork. Vincent Van Gogh sold very few paintings before his untimely death.

The Doctor Who Exploding Tardis Was Inspired By Starry Night By Vincent Van Gogh

It can be unclear to some people whether or not Vincent van Gogh painted the Exploding Tardis painting because it is based upon one of Van Gogh’s more famous paintings, The Starry Night.

The Doctor Who show producers were very clever in using Van Gogh’s The Starry Night painting as an inspiration for the fictional Exploding Tardis painting.

Here are some of the ways the Exploding Tardis and The Starry Night painting have similarities

  • Choice Of Colors – We know that Van Gogh loved blues and yellows. Both of these paintings are rich in blues and yellows.
  • Swirls – The Starry Night painting has swirled for the stars and night sky. The fictional Exploding Tardis painting has some of the same kinds of swirls.
  • Buildings – The Doctor Who series tried to give the Exploding Tardis painting a Van Gogh feel in creating the buildings for the fictional painting. In particular, I can see some similarities in the windows of the buildings.
  • Limited Color Palette – The Starry Night painting had a limited color palette, as did the Exploding Tardis painting.

That is where the similarities between the two paintings begin and end. Besides the colors, swirls, and some of the buildings (in particular the window), the Exploding Tardis painting is nothing like a regular Van Gogh Painting.

First of all, it would have been too abstract for Van Gogh. Van Gogh was not an Abstract Artist; he was a Post-Impressionist. Painting like Starry Nigh had some abstract elements to them, but he never painted anything that was as Abstract as the Doctor Who Exploding Tardis painting.

Adding to this confusion, the Exploding Tardis painting has exploded in pop culture popularity. You can buy an Exploding Tardis reproduction painting, a jigsaw puzzle, a cup, or even wallpaper. The painting is so famous there are even some licensing programs for it.

Many contemporary artists have created their versions of the Exploding Tardis. Many of these same artists continue to sell their understanding of the painting.

The Exploding Tardis has been so popular that many people will get an ”Exploding Tardis” tattoo.

Even though Vincent Van Gogh did not paint the Exploding Targis painting, I think he would have been pleased that his artwork as the Starry Night had been so widely accepted that a pop culture television show would want to try to imitate his artistic style.

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